Austin is a city of discovery. The Texas capital is home to acclaimed cultural events like the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference—an annual celebration of art, tech, film, and music attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees from around the world. And in recent years, the city has also become a thriving hub for startups and entrepreneurs.
A 2019 analysis by real estate platform CommercialCafé named Austin the number-one city for startups in the U.S. because of Austin’s record-setting startup density, swelling millennial population, low rent-to-income ratio, and booming tech employment figures. More than $1.3 billion in venture capital poured into the startup scene in 2018 alone, funding companies in sectors including e-commerce, law, food, and health, proving that Austin is fertile ground for growing businesses from every industry.
With that kind of rapid expansion comes the need for teams to find their ideal homes. Coworking spaces in Austin are providing the best workspaces for businesses of all sizes, including startups, digital nomads, and freelancers in need of an inspiring place to work.
Austin is a city with many facets, so finding the best coworking space for your startup can be a challenge. Let’s take a look at seven of our favorite shared workspaces in Austin.
Hot desks starting at: $350/mo
Nearby Transit: CapMetro buses from Lavaca/15th, Stare Parking Garage E
Cross Streets: Lavaca & 14th
Situated opposite the Texas State Capitol and sharing the same building as the SXSW headquarters, no other coworking space in Austin puts your team as close to the very heart of this city’s diverse community of business leaders. Downtown’s buzzing bars and restaurants are just blocks away, while the Museum District to the north offers teams the chance to immerse themselves in Austin’s vibrant cultural scene.
This ultramodern shared office space boasts affordable hot desk membership, smartly composed private offices, and expansive, art-filled lounges ideal for meeting new clients. Parking and electric vehicle charging stations ensure your vehicle will always be well served.
Hot desks starting at: $470/mo
Nearby Transit: CapMetro buses from Lavaca/12th, 1108 Lavaca St Parking
Cross Streets: Lavaca & 12th
The perfect coworking space for companies working in government, finance, and law, this shared office in the middle of downtown Austin has an ideal view of the city’s historic Capitol building.
Occupying three floors of a six-story building, this creative space features bright, open lounges, sleek private offices geared for productivity, and large conference spaces suitable for networking events and casual meetups.
600 Congress Ave
Hot desks starting at: $410/mo
Nearby Transit: CapMetro rail from Downtown station
Cross Streets: Congress & 6th
Hosting some of Austin’s coolest young companies, this downtown coworking space on Congress Avenue encapsulates the city’s unrivaled diversity of artists, designers, and creators. The entertainment of 6th Street is right outside, too, offering hardworking teams a chance to unwind after hours and get a taste of Austin’s lively nightlife.
Elements of this shared office’s interior design pay homage to the celebrated director and University of Texas at Austin alumnus Wes Anderson. Beautifully designed lounge areas and private offices provide plenty of inspiration for established entrepreneurs and freelancers alike.
Hot desks starting at: $430/mo
Nearby Transit: CapMetro from Dean Keeton/Dancy, Spaces Parking
Cross Streets: Harmon Ave & Duncan Ln
Your team will be in good company at this popular coworking space in Austin’s University Park. The building is home to some of the biggest names in the city’s tech scene, such as the software company Evernote as well as Austin’s youngest and most exciting startups.
This dog-friendly shared creative space offers a 24-hour fitness center with a fully equipped gym, perfect for those who like to squeeze in a quick workout between meetings. Private offices, dedicated desks, and flexible hot desk memberships are available.
801 Barton Springs Rd
Hot desks starting at: $470/mo
Nearby Transit: CapMetro from Barton Springs/1st
Cross Streets: Barton Springs & Bouldin Ave
The scenic lawns of Auditorium Shores are right on the doorstep of this airy coworking space on the south side of the Colorado River, and with the shops and restaurants of Austin’s South Congress nearby, you’ll find no shortage of opportunities to impress clients and potential investors.
The building itself is beautifully designed throughout, occupying four floors of collaborative meeting rooms, bright lounge areas swimming in natural light, and versatile hot desks for digital nomads in search of a place to be productive.
Hot desks starting at: $530/mo
Nearby Transit: CapMetro from Domain, trains from Kramer Station
Cross Streets: Domain Blvd & Domain Dr
The Domain is Austin’s fastest-growing community, with a mix of boutique stores, established retail brands, quirky food trucks, and independent coffee shops. Set over two floors of a brand-new building, this coworking space is at the heart of a rapidly evolving hub, offering startups the chance to be a part of Austin’s most exciting new development.
This shared office space in north Austin is dog-friendly and boasts a welcoming outdoor terrace, relaxed common areas, and an eclectic selection of cool artwork throughout.
Quarry Oaks II
Pre-opening rates available now
Nearby Transit: CapMetro from Braker/Mopac
Cross Streets: Stonelake Blvd & W Braker Ln
Stonelake Office Park is home to tech giant Microsoft as well as leading national charities like the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. For a scenic break and some fresh air, head to Quarry Lake for a lunchtime stroll, or enjoy outdoor games with the rest of the team on nearby Quarry Field.
This vibrant and amenity-rich coworking space features smart private offices. Expansive conference rooms and stylishly furnished lounge areas are ideal for hosting networking events as well as casual stand-up meetings.
Whether you’re a freelancer looking for an occasional desk or a startup looking for a workspace that can grow with your team, there’s a WeWork location in Austin to fit your needs. WeWork’s coworking spaces offer a collaborative environment for businesses of any size and type, in the most sought-after, conveniently located buildings.
Steve Hogarty is a writer and journalist based in London. He is the travel editor of City AM newspaper and the deputy editor of City AM Magazine, where his work focuses on technology, travel, and entertainment.